By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Contributor
While most of Canada was painted red on October 19, Fort McMurray-Cold Lake re-elected incumbent Conservative David Yurdiga. After holding the seat for just over 18 months, Yurdiga will be off to Ottawa for his first full term.
“I am disappointed about the National results, but moving forward I am going to work hard to represent the residents here to ensure we get our fair share. The oilsands are very important to everyone in Canada, and we want to ensure that they continue to be successful,” said Yurdiga at his campaign office on Franklin Avenue, as the results rolled in on the television.
At the time of press, challenger Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha claimed about 28 per cent of the over 47,000 votes cast, while Yurdiga had about 60 per cent of the vote, with the NDP candidate Melody Lepine capturing just over 3,600 votes.
I traveled over 32,000 kilometres to listen to the people. And I heard that their main concern was about jobs and our economy. So, now it’s my job to bring those concerns back to Ottawa,” said Yurdiga.
“I think during the by-election had a poor voter turnout, and it wasn’t a good representation of our community. This election we worked hard. I traveled over 32,000 kilometres to listen to the people. And I heard that their main concern was about jobs and our economy. So, now it’s my job to bring those concerns back to Ottawa,” said Yurdiga.
It is said that Parliament would resume by January 8, 2016.
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